In any case, the argument can be made, with clear statistical support, that the majority of Pentecostals are still poor in the Majority World where the vast majority of Pentecostals reside today. That would mean that, globally, Pentecostals are strongest among the impoverished masses. In other words, the majority of Pentecostals today are poor.
Many people in Spirit-filled communities can feel like they don’t belong. They identify as Spirit-filled, yet there own experience doesn’t seem to match up with those of their community. They might feel like they don’t shout enough, dance right, tongue-talk enough, or vote right. Truthfully, this experience can be a gut-wrenching crisis of identity. “If these people are Pentecostal… then what am I?”
Pentecostal churches are not “sects,” “steered by U.S. capital and the CIA”. They have sprung up out of the ground everywhere, like mushrooms. They are an independent popular movement of the poor. They have something to say to the whole of Christendom on earth, and have liberating experiences to pass on to all men and women.
Recently I wrote an article about the intersection of Pentecostalism and science to which the illustrious Joel Daniels wrote an interesting response article which hypothesized that the dynamic nature of …